A few days ago, I was sitting in a conference room on a church’s grounds, that happened to be situated above a daycare center. At first the background noise was filled with laughter of children playing, when all of a sudden one child in particular began to cry. The child’s cry seemed as if it could be heard all throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. Finally after what seemed like a lifetime, the cry quieted, and then revved back up again. The child must have needed to take that breather in between before the bellowing resurfaced. One of the attendees around the table in the conference room shared, “Someone is not happy.” Another attendee said, “Yes, and s/he is going to make certain that everyone knows.”
As children, many of us may have experienced a similar scenario. Yet, when did we trade in our cry for some alternate form of behavior? Certainly we still face situations and circumstances whereby we are hurt or disappointed, but how do we express our emotions in a manner to receive assistance? When we are hurt, do we revolt to silence? When we are disappointed, do we create a lack of trust force field around our persons so that others will immediately give up attempting to make a connection with us? Might we lash out at others through dangerous and hurtful rhetoric as a defense mechanism before someone does it to us? When did we cease from crying?
Crying as a child not only allowed us to inform those around us that we were hurting, but it also invited help to emerge. Further, it is said (and I believe it) that every mother knows the cry of her child(ren). When the post collegiate was growing up and playing outside, I could be in the house and immediately drop whatever I was doing because I recognized the sound of that whom was mine. Whatever societal norms we accepted suggest that crying is no longer necessary, or valuable or acceptable. Instead, we’ve traded in our internal response, our human characteristic for superficial displays of hurt. We’ve exchanged authentic demonstration of disappointment for surface, fake and phony sentiments like, “Nah, I’m good,” or “I’m just going to do me,” and “Whatever.” Further, we invite others to our “reality” stage to play supporting characters in our inability to be vulnerable, and possibly receive what we are truly in need of.
I pondered those societal norms that perhaps encouraged us to cease from crying and instead perform other demonstrations. Yet, there is one entity that accepts our cries, in fact, encourages them. II Samuel 22:7 affirms, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.” This scripture provides a beautiful example of what our posture may reflect in the earth through tribulation. We are God’s creation, and anything that is His, He will take care of. The Word doesn’t suggest that we play games, manipulate or speak untruth in order to receive assistance. We must know when we are in distress and cry to the Lord knowing that He will hear us and respond! And because we serve a big God, He knows my cry, from my brother’s, from my childrens’, from my mother, from my husband’s, and from yours. Further because God specializes, His response to me and you even when faced with identical circumstances will be customized accordingly to strengthen the tenacity of faith that we require, respectively. What a mighty God we serve!
God awaits our trust to be in Him! God longingly desires to be our source of comfort. We don’t have to worry about crying out to Him. In fact, He is waiting for us to do so. Its time to receive the healing that we need. Let us get off the playground and go to God.